2005 Porsche Carrera GT Wall Art by Alfred Newbury
What makes Porsche drivers and collectors drool over a Porsche like this?
Let's find out.
In the mid-1990s, Porsche jumped into the emerging GT1 sports-car racing class with a vengeance.
The GT1 rules required competitors to abandon most plans to modify a street car for racing.
Instead, manufacturers could do the exact opposite by homologating a race car so that it is only beyond the legal limits of certain markets.
Porsche used the 911 branding on a car that shared nothing more than its headlights with its 911 GT1.
Years after the 962 was retired, the 911 GT1 demonstrated that Porsche could once again produce a world-beating racing car.
Porsche met European legal specifications for a road-going version by detuning the 3.2-liter flat-six to "only" 536 horsepower.
The 911 GT1 Strassenversion wore the new car's headlights, which combined the turn signals and driving lights into a single unit, due to the introduction of the new water-cooled Type 996.
The 911 GT1 paved the way for the iconic Carrera GT that would follow a few years later.
Porsche's plans for a new Le Mans prototype for the 1999 racing season were thwarted by FIA rule changes, leaving its new 5.5-liter V-10 engine looking for a home.
A successful engineering project is never put on the shelf in Stuttgart, so the automaker decided to design a car around its ferocious new powertrain. The 5.7-liter V-10 engine had four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing on the intake camshafts, and a redline of 8,400 rpm.
The engine produced a jaw-dropping 605 horsepower.
Power would be sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission with a Porsche carbon-ceramic-composite clutch.
The engine would arrive at the end of a distinctly mechanical era, as automakers sought to incorporate sophisticated computer controls into every aspect of new vehicles, especially traction management systems.
Within a few years, even race cars will be using sophisticated computer technology to control engine capacity.
Since the engine's tremendous strength would easily overpower the tires in the Carrera GT, Porsche used only a traction control system.
The Carrera GT was more than just a car with a race engine and transmission.
The design first appeared as a prototype at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, and its motorsport origins became immediately apparent.
The car had a light and heavy carbon-fiber monocoque and subframe sourced from ATR Composites in Italy.
The suspension was race-ready under the surface, with inboard rocker arms poking between the upper and lower wishbones at all four corners. Big eight-piston brake calipers up front and four-piston calipers at the rear were mounted over staggered 19-inch front and 20-inch rear magnesium-alloy center-lock wheels.
For efficient high-speed braking, the carbon-ceramic brake rotors were ventilated and cross-drilled.
Above 75 mph, a retractable rear wing stretches to add downforce.
The production car, which debuted in 2003 after being unveiled as a thinly disguised prototype at the 2000 Paris Motor Show, weighed just 2,755 pounds. It could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds, shifting as quickly as a driver could manage.
It reached a top speed of about 200 mph on a closed track.
In July 2004, a Carrera GT sped through the Nürburgring Nordschliefe in 7:28 under the expert guidance of factory test driver Walter Röhrl.
For more than a half-decade, the record will stand.
The Carrera GT, on the other hand, remained a road car.
Unlike other cars of comparable performance, its interior displayed exceptional attention to detail.
It had luxury-grade comfort thanks to power features, airbags, an effective climate control system, and Bose audio.
Early models came standard with a beech-wood gear knob, a reference to the Porsche 917 Le Mans racers.
If you are in the market to buy one of these rolling works of art, you can expect to part with over $800,000 before tax.
Instead of buying a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT for the astronomical asking price typical for a car like this, you can now for a limited time own this beautifully illustrated Porsche art print for next to nothing by comparison.
Offered at only 84.95 this museum grade velvet fine art print measures 13x19, has a thickness of 19 mil and has a g/m weight of 260!
This exceptional print is ideal for framing and comes numbered and hand signed by Alfred Newbury.
Now you can bring this beautiful 2005 Porsche Carrera GT home, and give yourself the thrill and triumph you know this masterpiece will give you every time you look at it.
2005 Porsche Carrera GT
Printed on Museum Grade Velvet Fine Art Paper.
Size: 13" x 19"
Signed by Alfred Newbury.